She was last in Kigali in June this year, for the CollectiveRW Fashion Week’s fashion Happy Hour at the Repub Lounge in Kimihurura.
Now fast rising Ugandan Afro soul crooner, Moro Apio is set to perform at the weekly live acoustic music session, Muoto Muzika at The Root House in Kacyiru, today.
Muoto Muzika is an unplugged musical session in which artist and audience sit together by the fireside. Musicians get to sing, recite poems and tell stories with just their voice and a guitar or other acoustic instrument.
Moro is known for such songs as Atiya, Ajok, Kiisa, Ononsonyiwa, Obia, and Slave.
During her last appearance in Kigali, she collaborated with Rwandan R&B singer Mike Kayihura. Earlier this year, she released her first EP titled Chuny Adech, to great critical acclaim.
Before her performance, the Root House resident crooner Moyize will set the pace with his signature Rwandan traditional classics, punctuated by storytelling.
Moro’s musical style has been described as earthy, with Pop, R&B and Soul influences to it, though firmly rooted in local African instrumentation. Her songs are written in her native Jopadhola language, with a splattering of English.
Introduced just recently, Muoto Muzika is the ultimate test of musicianship and quality as an entertainer, as performers have to rely on just their voices and an acoustic instrument to engage the crowd. There are no microphones, speakers, keyboards, stage, and lighting as is standard practice at music shows.
According to DJ Eric Soul, the brain behind Muoto Muzika, the platform answers to the need to strip down all the technical and logistical challenges associated with live musical performances. The aim is to allow for the purest form of musical experiences.
“The reality is that a real professional musical experience is extremely costly. A light and sound show of high quality as the one we experienced with Stromae in 2016, can cost up to $ 200,000, (about Rwf168m),” Eric Soul explained